The station produced “American Graduate: The Road To Reform,” which featured an overview of the Clark County School District's efforts to combat dropout prevention. The broadcast also profiled Helping Families Graduate, which provides a forum for parents and students to share their challenges and successes in navigating through high school. Vegas PBS also participated in American Graduate Day.
Vegas PBS hosted an intern of Navajo decent who worked local Native American tribes to better understand the issues that Native American teens face in graduating from high school. The intern produced a five-minute video about specific issues facing Native Americans that was featured as part of Vegas PBS’s half-hour special program “Helping Native Americans Graduate,” to focus on the Native American perspective on drop-out issues. A panel consisting of diverse viewpoints within the Native American community was also featured. (Left: A Native American teen discusses the challenges of staying in school in "Helping Native Americans Graduate.")
Vegas PBS launched a new online mentoring program through their Workforce Training and Economic Development Department in partnership with the Clark County School District and corporate partners NV Energy, MGM Resorts International, United Way of Southern Nevada, and Bank of America. The program provides free training for educators and community members who are interested in certification to mentor young people.
Vegas PBS held its Teacher Town Hall where they discussed the Vegas dropout crisis from diverse populations, "frontline" schools, student perspectives, as well as informed parents and educators about best practices as well as elevating teacher voices. The event was recently nominated for an Imagen Award, which aims to recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourage and recognize the achievements of Latinos in the entertainment and communications industries.
Vegas PBS partners include the United Way of Southern Nevada, Nevada Public Education Foundation, Communities in Schools, College of Southern Nevada, City of Las Vegas, Tyrone Thompson, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, WIA - Project 5000 kids, The Lincy Institute, Promise Neighborhood, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, State Senator Valerie Wiener, Ready For Life Coalition, Clark County School District (5 Departmental Representatives), Southern Nevada Regional Planning Council, KNPR, KCNV, KCEP - Power 88, KNPB, Mexican Consulate, R&R Partners, International Professional Development Services, Citi Client Communications, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Accountability and Access, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Nevada Department of Family Service, CCSD Adult Education, CCSD School-Community Partnership Program, CCSD Instruction Unit, CCSD Equity and Diversity Department, CCSD Assessment Accountability and Research Department, and the CCSD Office of the Superintendent.
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The station hosted a special, live KNPB Open Lines Town Hall that consisted of two panels of experts—one with representatives from the local school district and the other from local community organizations—and panellists fielded questions from studio audience members, as well as from those calling in and online.
KNPB also produced “Looking Up From the Bottom,” a half hour documentary that examines how residents are working to increase Nevada’s graduation rates.
KNPB partners include Community Impact, Sierra Association of Foster Families, Washoe County School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Ready For Life Community Compact and Parent University.
Nevada public media stations participated in a nation-wide 'virtual teacher town hall' project. Teachers were asked a series of questions about things that are most important to them--from challenges to "A-ha! moments," from lessons learned to job satisfaction, from curriculum to parent engagement. The topics tackled in this project showcase a wide range of voices and provide teachers with a chance to interact and share with one another, all while adding to the conversation on America's schools. Hear more Teacher Voices.